Missed and delayed diagnoses in the ambulatory setting: a study of closed malpractice claims.

  title={Missed and delayed diagnoses in the ambulatory setting: a study of closed malpractice claims.},
  author={Tejal K. Gandhi and Allen B. Kachalia and Eric J. Thomas and Ann Louise Puopolo and Catherine Yoon and Troyen A. Brennan and David M. Studdert},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={145 7},
BACKGROUND Although missed and delayed diagnoses have become an important patient safety concern, they remain largely unstudied, especially in the outpatient setting. OBJECTIVE To develop a framework for investigating missed and delayed diagnoses, advance understanding of their causes, and identify opportunities for prevention. DESIGN Retrospective review of 307 closed malpractice claims in which patients alleged a missed or delayed diagnosis in the ambulatory setting. SETTING 4… CONTINUE READING
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